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Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP)

NLM FY 2019 Grants Funding Plan

Introduction

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in Bethesda, Maryland, is a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since its founding in 1836, NLM has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. It is the world's largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services that deliver trillions of bytes of data to millions of users every day. For more about the library’s mission and organization, see https://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/index.html.

NLM’s Extramural Programs Division provides grants to support basic and applied research in biomedical informatics and data science, health information sciences, bioinformatics and public health informatics, as well as for research training in these areas. NLM offers two unique resource grant programs: NLM Information Resources to Reduce Health Disparities grants and Grants for Scholarly Works on biomedical topics.

Budget Data FY2019

Current Appropriation: FY 2019 appropriations were enacted in the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019, H.R.6157, signed by President Trump on September 28, 2018.    

All legislative mandates that were in effect in FY 2018 (see NOT-OD-18-181) remain in effect during FY 2019 until further guidance has been issued. NLM will issue non-competing research grant awards without cost of living adjustments.  Additional guidance on the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award predoctoral and postdoctoral stipend levels and tuition/fees and salary limitation set at Executive Level II for the Federal Pay Scale will be posted as soon as guidance becomes availabile.  

 

Funding Strategy: NLM will support as many meritorious competing grant applications as possible with FY 2019 appropiations, across the array of grant programs it offers, with priority on research and training.  General funding guidelines are established each year based on appropriated funds available. Final award decisions reflect considerations of program relevance, portfolio balance, recommendations of the NLM Board of Regents, and availability of funds. In keeping with NIH policy, budgets for awarded grants may receive programmatic or administrative adjustments. These adjustments take into consideration the overall scientific and technical merit of the grant application as well as the appropriateness of the requested budget. Although NLM’s training authority is not part of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) programs, stipends and other details of NLM’s research training programs are modeled upon NRSA. Fundable Range: NLM uses the overall Impact Score as the primary basis for award decisions on all grant types, along with innovation and potential impact of proposed research.  

Fundable Range: NLM uses the overall Impact Score as the starting point for decisions about awards, along with innovation, potential impact of proposed research and portfolio balance.  NLM also considers the experience of the principal investigator as a decision factor, to assure that investigators at all levels of experience have research support. All grant awards are subject to the availability of funds.

  • For experienced investigators, research project grant applications with Impact scores 23 or better are the most likely to be considered for funding
  • For Early Stage investigators (ESI) and New investigators seeking their first R01 research grant applications, applications with Impact scores of 30 or better are the most likely be considered for funding.
  • For career transition awards, applications with Impact scores of 25 or better are the most likely be considered for funding.
  • For fellowships, applications with Impact scores of 25 or better are the most likely be considered for funding.

All grant awards are subject to the availability of funds.